Paramount records was integral to the development of jazz and blues music in the United States. Founded in 1917 as a furniture store that included phonograph players in their furniture sales, Paramount quickly morphed into one of the most important record labels in American history.
The Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, October 31-November 2. The lineup not only features national artists like the Foo Fighters and Skrillex, but also includes and some of the best acts New Orleans has to offer, such as Trombone Shorty, Rebirth, Bonerama, Big Freedia and over a dozen more.
Legendary producer, songwriter, vocalist, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee George Clinton is known by many names: "Dr. Funkenstein," the "Atomic Dog," creator of P-Funk, leader of Parliament and Funkadelic, etc.
As most of you now know, legendary studio owner and recording engineer Cosimo Matassa passed away on September 11, 2014. WWOZ has dedicated some significant airtime to the fantastic contributions Matassa made to the New Orleans sound, as well as the development of rock'n'roll and R&B in general, since his death a few weeks ago.
It's about to be a happy homecoming for the tireless Americana bands of New Orleans! On Friday, October 17, locals Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Deslondes, Coyotes, MUSA, and others will take the stage at the Joy Theater for a free show after returning from a busy spring and summer of touring across the United States.
The New Orleans Film Festival is coming! This is a big year for the festival-- its 25th anniversary. The event will be taking place in theaters and spots converted to theaters across New Orleans from October 16-23. This year's lineup features a number of excellent films that relate to music, including the Jon Brewer biopic "BB King: The Life of Riley," "Big Star: Live in Memphis" featuring Alex Chilton, and "The Big Beat," with the story of the partnership between Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.